There's something quintessentially sophisticated about an inner city wedding. Famed as the birthplace of the traditional afternoon tea, the Langham was opened by King George VII in 1865 as Europe's first grand hotel. This year it had an £80 million makeover, making it an ideal venue from which to host your nuptials.
The Grand Ballroom has been hosting lavish celebrations since the Victorian era, when it was tradition to lay a red carpet for brides from All Souls' Church across to Langham Place to the hotel's entrance. With all the fun and bustle of the West End beckoning after-reception revellers, there's a lot to be said for being in the thick of it. The very capable events team will help you along every step of organising your wedding reception, from menu ideas to accommodating your guests.
When it comes to time for just the two of you, you won't be disappointed there either. The hotel feels like a stately English residence with hints of the new Hong Kong owners in delicate cherry blossom motifs, on carpets and hand-painted onto antique mirrors. The soothing colour scheme is based on precious stones with therapeutic properties, such as jade, topaz, amethyst and ruby, which have been mixed with greys, ochre and soft whites. The beds (called the Langham Blissful Bed) are huge and covered in super-smooth crisp cotton, and the bath is definitely big enough for two.
For a celebration à deux, start your night with a cocktail at the Artesian Bar - famous for its rum cocktails but they do a great martini, too - before taking a seat in the stately David Collins Studio-designed Landau restaurant, where chef Andrew Turner has put together a menu that fuses the best parts of European cuisine with fresh British produce.